Creating a list of top 5 online sportsbooks in the U.S. was a tedious process that required a lot of research. The method we used to create this list was to gather information from some of the most well-respected sportsbook review sites on the web, curate them, and create a summarized score for each sportsbook. By combining information from all these web sites, we feel that we avoid bias that any one reviewer may give to one of these sportsbooks. Further, it is important to note that since the legal climate for sports betting in America is complicated, that this list is for the best online sportsbooks in the United States only. Bettors in other countries may have more or less advantages to using other online sportsbooks. While we won’t get into the legal climate of betting on this blog, the posting found on Is Online Sports Betting Legal? is a great reference. With that, here is the list of the top 5 online sportsbooks for U.S. citizens:
Even though GTBets just started up their operation in 2011, they have already built a great reputation as one of the best sportsbooks in the industry. GTBets offers their clients a great set of deposit promotions and has a rewards system that is one of the best in the out there. For those out there looking for a solid mobile site, GTBets also delivers. The sleek interface and easy navigation makes betting on your smartphone both fun and simple. Since inception, they have increasingly made updates to improve the back end of their system. There are a lot of things to like about this sportsbook and their reputation should continue to grow in time.
GTBets Minimum Deposit: $35
GTBets Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at GTBets: Join GTBets
For a full review of the GTBets sportsbook: GTBets Sportsbook Review
Since being purchased by the BetOnline group, the SportsBetting brand has really taken off. Offering an incredible array of futures betting, desirable odds, and a sleek mobile betting platform, SportsBetting is very deserving to have made their way onto this list! Their best promotion is that every deposit is matched with 25% free play, and this is guaranteed for the lifetime of your account. Cheap betting limits and reliable payouts are why we recommend SportBetting as a very trusted brand.
SportBetting Minimum Deposit: $50
SportBetting Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at SportBetting : Join SportsBetting
For a full review of the SportBetting sportsbook: SportsBetting Sportsbook Review
BetOnline has been around since 2001 and have a very strong and reputable name in the sports betting industry. There are a variety of options for depositing money (including MasterCard and Visa) and they offer one free withdrawal every 30 days by check. They have an all-around very solid web site and what I think is the best mobile site of any sportsbook out there. I am also a huge proponent for low betting limits and BetOnline fits the bill with a $1 minimum bet online!
BetOnline Minimum Deposit: $50
BetOnline Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at BetOnline: Join BetOnline
For a full review of the BetOnline sportsbook: BetOnline Sportsbook Review
Based out of San Jose, Costa Rica, 5Dimes.eu is one of the biggest names in the sportsbook industry. Setting up an account over the internet is extremely simple and the minimum deposit is only $50. 5Dimes has an extensive selection of betting options – Straights, Totals, Parlays, Teasers, Open Parlays, Open Teasers and Progressive Parlays – to name a few. This variety of betting options is definitely what sets 5Dimes apart from the other sportsbooks. There reduced juice offerings for new players (-105 pricing) is also a huge benefit for the new bettor. Perhaps the best benefit of 5Dimes is that they allow an industry minimum bet of 50 cents which really plays to the non-serious gambler.
5Dimes Minimum Deposit: $50
5Dimes Minimum Internet Bet: $0.50
To sign up at 5Dimes: Join 5Dimes
For a full review of the 5Dimes sportsbook: 5Dimes Sportsbook Review
With arguably the best reputation in the industry, Bovada shines as our top-rated sportsbook for U.S. players. Bovada has a significant welcome bonus which provides free wagers up to 50% of your deposit. That free bet can be maxed at $250 and it can be used on any type of bet in the sportsbook. Bovada also has a well-designed mobile web site which makes placing bets on the go with your Android or iOS device very easy. Another benefit to using Bovada is their live betting platform. This gives the bettor the abilities to bet on a wide variety of prop bets during a match up. The one drawback that I have with Bovada is that the betting lines seem to come out a little bit later than the other sportsbooks. As long as you don’t mind waiting until the early afternoon to make your bets on basketball and hockey games then you won’t have an issue with Bovada. Taking all of this into account, and knowing that Bovada is very secure and reliable, gives us good reason to name Bovada #1 in our list of top 5 online sportsbooks for U.S. Gamblers.
Bovada Minimum Deposit: $20
Bovada Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at Bovada: Join Bovada
For a full review of the Bovada sportsbook: Bovada Sportsbook Review
Best Sportsbook for the First-Time Bettor: Bovada
Best Sportsbook for the Professional Bettor: 5Dimes
Widest Selection of Games to Bet: 5Dimes
Widest Selection of Futures to Bet: BetOnline
Easiest Sportsbook to Use: Bovada
Best Lines/Lowest Juice: SportBet
Best Customer Service: BetAnySports
Best Bonuses and Player Rewards: GTBets
Best Promotions: Bovada
Best Mobile Platform: BetOnline
Best Bitcoin Sportsbook: Nitrogen Sports
Cheapest/Easiest/Most Reliable Payouts: 5Dimes
Best Live Betting: Bovada
Best Horse Racebook: GTBets
Best Casino: Bovada
The Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook is a relatively new company that has made some noise as the most popular “Bitcoin Only” sportsbook. This book is unique in that all transactions, bets, parlays, etc. are done in the Bitcoin (BTC) currency. While this does add a level of complexity in that the Bitcoin currency isn’t stable, it has it’s benefits as well. The Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook is completely anonymous and depositing and withdrawing money is almost instantaneous! There is also a great selection of sports, props and match ups that are available.
Nitrogen Sports Minimum Deposit: None
Nitrogen Sports Minimum Internet Bet: 0.001 BTC
To sign up at Nitrogen Sports: Join Nitrogen Sports
For a full review of the Nitrogen Sports sportsbook: Nitrogen Sports Sportsbook Review
As part of the 5Dimes family, SportBet secures a great reputation and stands out as the book to go to for great lines! Their Super Saver Bonus gives the player up to 30% better odds than they would get at the average sportbook and this comes as the standard bonus package for the player when signing up. SportBet also provides very early action on all the games and gives some of the best parlay odds in the industry as well. There are also certain payout methods that will get you your winnings on the same day! Really, the only thing keeping this book out of the top five is that you get a lot of the same benefits from their sister site, 5Dimes. But the Super Saver Bonus is not a part of 5Dimes so that is an advantage for signing up with SportBet.
SportBet Minimum Deposit: $50
SportBet Minimum Internet Bet: $1
To sign up at SportBet: Join SportBet
For a full review of the SportBet sportsbook: SportBet Sportsbook Review
7/25/2017- Added Nitrogen Sports.
5/24/2017- While we have a relatively clear top 3, there isn’t much difference between #4 and our Honorable Mention books. We are moving SportBetting up to #4 based on their awesome bonus structure.
9/13/2016- BetOnline moves up due to early lines and overall reputation. SportBet moves up on having elite odds.
6/14/2016- BetAnySports added to the list. GTBets moves up with new betting interface.
10/19/2015- GTBets up to #4, SportsBetting down to #5, simply on the fact that you get something different at GTBets whereas SportBetting and BetOnline share a very similar platform. Added SportBet to the list.
9/19/2014- SportsBetting up to #4, GTBets up to #5 and Top Bet down to Honorable Mention. This is of no fault to Top Bet, SportsBetting and GTBets have really proven to be a great sportsbooks.
7/10/2014- GTBets.eu is on the list as Honorable Mention. WagerWeb falls off the list completely.
5/15/2014- BetOnline.ag moves up from #5 to #3. SportsBetting.ag enters the list at #5. WagerWeb falls to Honorable Mention from #3.
11/11/13- Dropped BetDSI from #2 to Honorable Mention because of the cost of payouts is very high and I think their customer service could be a bit better. Pushed 5Dimes up to #2 from #4 as they have been an all-around solid book. Dropped Top Bet to #4 from #3, and welcomed WagerWeb to the mix at #3.
Coupled with my own research, the web sites below were also used to evaluate these Sportsbooks. Please refer to them if you would like to read their specific reviews:
StreakEdge – http://www.streakedge.com/
SBR – http://www.sportsbookreview.com/
MTS – http://www.mytopsportsbooks.com/
Bang the Book – http://www.bangthebook.com/
OSB – http://www.onlinesportsbetting.net/
Open Sportsbook USA – http://www.opensportsbookusa.com/